The Rochester Fair offers two weekends of festivities, from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Rochester Fairgrounds (72 Lafayette St., Rochester). Events and activities will include the Miss Rochester Fair Pageant, demolition derbies and drag racing, animal encounters, exhibition barns and more. Hours for the two weekends are 3 to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $5 on Thursday, Sept. 6, $9 every other day and $35 for a season pass. Children under 8 are free, and prices for veterans and seniors depend on the day and time. Visit rochesterfair.com
Valerie’s Gallery will be participating in the city’s upcoming Art ‘Round Town by featuring visiting artist, Caryn Duncan, on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 117 Market St. in Portsmouth. Events are family friendly and light refreshments are available.
Caryn Duncan is a mixed media artist whose artistic mission is to spread joy and love. Her positive paintings uplift viewers with their bright colors, organic style, and optimistic phrases. Caryn teaches art classes at her studio, Creative Spirit Art in Dover.
Artwork: Follow the Light, Caryn Duncan, acrylic on canvas.
Herbs gone wild
Have your herbs gone wild this summer? Rita Wollmering, founder and manager of The HERB FARMacy in Salisbury, will demonstrate how to make handcrafted herbal products, such as herbal vinegars, herbal salts, sachets, herbal oil and herbal cleaning products, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Falls Free Library. The program is free and open to the public. Visit hamptonfallslibrary.org or call the library at 603-926-3682.
CAP open house
The Seacoast Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will hold an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at New Era Off-Site Facility, 108 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth. Stop by and find out what Civil Air Patrol is all about and how you or your child might benefit from joining this auxiliary of the US Air Force.Young people ages 12-18 are invited to join and adults 21+ are welcome to become mentors to the cadets. Cadets can get up to five glider flights and five powered flights with expert instructors, and they can attend encampments and many other events with like minded individuals. No reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served. Visit seacoastsquadron.com.